Part of our assessment features a new way to break out the data in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. Looking at the three-county region as a whole, there are parts of each county that are very similar to each other. For example, the rural areas of Eaton county are similar to the rural areas of Ingham and Clinton Counties -- and the suburban areas in Ingham County are similar to the suburban areas of Clinton County. We thought, why not group this similar areas together to allow us to both 1) have a statistically relevant population of around 30,000 to 40,000 people AND 2) give us a different view than we've had previously.
The geographic groupings in the documents below have been developed to allow us to analyze four groups in the rural and suburban areas of the three county region, and four groups of census tracts in the highly urbanized areas of the counties. These geographic groups will allow us to measure both the health of people living "in the countryside" as well as "in small towns" and "suburbs". The urban areas have been grouped by median home value, which will allow us to measure the health of people living in areas with lower-value homes on average as well as those living in areas with higher-value homes.